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DARK HAIRED MAN MUST BE FIRST TO ENTER HOUSE ON NEW YEAR'S DAY FOR
YOU TO HAVE LUCK THE ENTIRE YEAR.

Submitter comment: SCOTTISH SUPERSTITION

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN HEIGHTS

Keyword(s): FIRST-FOOTING

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Measure of time Year
BELIEF -- Color
BELIEF -- Good luck

Date learned: 01-00-1979

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LIVING LEGEND

VINCE LOMBARDY IS REGARDED BY MANY FOOTBALL FANS AS A MIRACLE
MAN. NATURALLY, SINCE HE PERFORMS MIRACLES, IT IS LOGICAL THAT
HE WOULD BE LIKENED TO GOD. IT SEEMS THAT VINCE RETURNED HOME
ONE COLD NIGHT IN GREEN BAY. HIS WIFE HAD ALREADY RETIRED, SO HE
JUST CRAWLED INTO BED. HIS WIFE AWOKE AND EXCLAIMED "GOD ARE
YOUR FEET COLD." VINCE TURNED OVER AND SAID, "THAT'S ALL RIGHT,
HONEY. WE'RE HOME NOW. YOU CAN CALL ME VINCE."

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): FOOTBALL JOKE

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Secular hero
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Man

Date learned: 00-00-1966

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WHEN TWILIGHT DRAWS HER CURTAIN
AND PINS IT WITH A STAR.
REMEMBER YOU HAVE A FRIEND
NO MATTER WHERE YOU GO.

Where learned: NONE GIVEN

Keyword(s): FRIENDLY ; METER: IAMBS ; METER: TRISYLLABIC FOOT ; POETIC DICTION ; PROMISE OF FRIENDSHIP ; QUATRAIN ; RHYME:ABCD ; STARS

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- C768 C768.14

Date learned: 03-28-1960

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On Christmas Eve day, it is good luck if the
first person to enter your house is a man and
bad luck if it is a woman.

Where learned: KANSAS ; Manhattan

James Callow Keyword(s): FIRST FOOTING ; SEXISM

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 24 Christmas Eve
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Good luck
BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: 00001920S

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IF YOU DO NOT WIPE DRY BETWEEN YOUR TOES AFTER A BATH
OR SHOWER, YOUR TOES MIGHT BECOME INFECTED AND FALL
OFF.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT TOLD THIS TO SCARE HER CHILDREN INTO WIPING
TOES.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; LE ROY

James Callow Keyword(s): FUNGUS ATHLETE'S FOOT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Feet, toes, toenails
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 03-00-1971

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Proverbial Comparison

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...as shiny as a nigger's heel.

Data entry tech comment:

 added by TRD

James Callow comment:

The word as is underlined.

Dup of WPP

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; TRAVERSE CITY

Keyword(s): Foot ; Heel ; Offensive ; RACISM ; Racist ; SIMILE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison
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Proverbial Comparison

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Shiny as a nigger's heel.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Located in pile marked Duplicates and Other Rejects

Keyword(s): Foot ; Heel ; Offensive ; RACISM ; Racist ; SIMILE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Blason Populaire
PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison
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Retort

Did you get my letter?

No.

Oh, I forgot to stamp it. (And you stamp on your friend's foot.)

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [C750] crossed out. Replaced with current classification.

From a book, so disqualified?

Where learned: CALIFORNIA ; Sticks and Stones ; The Porpoise Bookshop ; San Francisco

Keyword(s): COMEBACK ; Foot ; INSULT ; Letter ; PUN ; RETORT ; SARCASM ; STAMP ; Stomp ; Wisecrack

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

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Retort

The only time you open your mouth is to change feet.

Submitter comment:

This is a sarcastic retort ised when a person has had a sarcastic remark directed towards them.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Taunt in Prose

Keyword(s): COMEBACK ; FEET ; Foot ; INSULT ; Mouth ; RETORT ; SARCASM ; Wisecrack

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

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Red Hots

Hot Dog vendors often yell this phrase at baseball, football, basketball, etc, any sports activity, when trying to sell their weiner: "get your red-hots right here!"

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: Anonymous

Keyword(s): BASEBALL ; Basketball ; Football ; Hot ; Hot Dog ; Red ; SALE ; Sell ; SPORTS ; Vendor

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Cries of street vendor

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Language

In some country places stepping into cow manure is called "cutting your foot."

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Keyword(s): Colloquialism ; COUNTRY ; Cow ; Cutting ; Foot ; MANURE ; REGIONAL ; SLANG ; Step ; Term

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Vocabulary of Special Group

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ONE OF RESPONDENT'S NEIGHBORS YELLED AT HER LITTLE
BOY WHILE SHE WAS PREGNANT. THE BOY FELL AND BROKE
HIS RIGHT FOOT AND LEG. WHEN THE BABY CAME, IT HAD
A TWISTED RIGHT FOOT AND LEG.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated on 09-01-11

Where learned: MISSISSIPPI ; BELZONI

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; Broken ; Fell ; Foot ; leg ; OMEN ; PREGNANCY ; Twisted

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

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A DEER'S FOOT WARMED AND RUBBED OVER THE SKIN WILL
RELIEVE TOOTHACHE(S), SWELLINGS, AND ITCHING.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; CURE ; Deer ; Foot ; REMEDY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Animal

Date learned: 10-13-1973

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FOOTBALL GAME SONG

(SUNG) GOD IS ON OUR SIDE.

Data entry tech comment:

Keypunched by R.J.Miller 11/82

Updated by TRD 01/12

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; CAMPUS

Keyword(s): Fan ; Football ; RELIGION ; SONG ; SPORTS

James Callow Keyword(s): MORALE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- War cries

Date learned: 11-00-1971

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SUPERSTITION

IF YOU BURY A PERSON WITHOUT SHOES, THEY WILL COME BACK AND
HAUNT YOU.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES

Keyword(s): Barefoot ; BELIEF ; Bury ; DEATH ; SHOES ; SUPERSTITION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 02-27-1971

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THE GRIM REAPER

THE WORLD OF PROFESSIONAL ATHLETICS HAS CREATED A NUMBER OF
IMAGINARY CREATURES. ONE IS WELL KNOWN TO THE MANY ROOKIES
WHO HAVE FAILED TO MAKE THE GRADE. GEORGE ATTEMPTED TO MAKE THE
CLEVELAND BROWNS' FOOTBALL TEAM THIS PAST SUMMER BUT FAILED.
HE MENTIONED THAT "THE GRIM REAPER" WAS REALLY PRESENT. WHEN YOU
WERE CALLED TO THE COACH'S OFFICE, "THE REAPER" HAD STRUCK AND
HIS PRESENCE WAS FELT. THIS CREATURE SEEMS TO BE RATHER UNIVERSAL
IN CONJUNCTION WITH AMERICAN FOOTBALL.

Submitter comment:

GEORGE TOLD ME THIS JUST AFTER RETURNING FROM "CAMP" TO DETROIT.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

Keyword(s): AMERICAN ; Cleveland Browns ; Football ; Haunting ; Reaper ; SPORTS ; SUPERSTITION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Entertainment Diversion

Date learned: 08-00-1964

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CHRISTMAS CUSTOM

IF THE FIRST PERSON TO COME THROUGH THE DOOR OF YOUR HOUSE ON
CHRISTMAS EVE IS A DARK HAIRED MAN YOU WILL HAVE GOOD LUCK IN THE
YEAR TO COME.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; CHRISTMAS ; COLOR ; GOOD LUCK ; HAIR ; holiday ; LUCK ; Man ; OMEN ; SYMBOL

James Callow Keyword(s): FIRST FOOTING

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.42

Date learned: 00001930S

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VERSE

THE GUYS WERE PLAYING FOOTBALL,
OUT IN THE YARD,
JESUS PLAYING QUARTERBACK,
MOSES PLAYING GUARD.
THE ANGELS GAVE A GREAT BIG YELL,
WHEN JESUS SCORED A TOUCHDOWN
AGAINST THE GUYS FROM HELL.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: WASHINGTON ; WASHINGTON DC

Keyword(s): ANTHROPOMORPHISM ; BIBLICAL ; Football ; God ; HELL ; JESUS ; METAPHOR ; Moses ; RELIGION ; RHYME: ABCDED

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Tale

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

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